The San Antonio Spurs came into Game 2 looking to take a commanding lead over the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals. By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Spurs bore witness to the power of the fully operational battle station that is the Heat.
The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs don’t look like almost exact copies of each other, but statistically speaking there’s almost no better matchup of teams than the two squads headed for the NBA Finals.
LeBron James has spent his entire life being called the best in the game and Monday night, he almost added another feather to his cap. James scored 31 points on 13-of-14 shooting to lead Miami past Charlotte 99-94 Monday night, giving the Heat their 10th consecutive victory against the Bobcats.
The Miami Heat have spent most of the regular season on cruise control, taking a long view of being ready for the playoffs. The Heat has struggled in areas, but the team’s defense seems to be rediscovering it’s 2012 self in recent days.
Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans said the Heat’s 2012 title should come with an asterisk because of the shortened season. Thursday night, the Heat showed Evans what a real champion looked like with a 105-85 blowout of Evans’ Nets team.
The Miami Heat had been undefeated at home heading into Thursday night’s game against the New York Knicks. The Heat had won a few close games and New York was without Carmelo Anthony, so it looked like another Heat win was very possible.
The Miami Heat have seen this act before and they are hoping for a much different outcome for the 2012 NBA Finals than what happened in the 2011 NBA Finals.
The Miami Heat looked great for three quarters of Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The fourth quarter swung the game for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Heat now have to figure out how to slow down the Thunder heading into Game 2.
When the Miami Heat play the New York Knicks Thursday night, Jeremy Lin’s presence on the court will give an added dimension to the Knicks game that will be especially prevalent in the Knicks’ offensive attack. But it can be stopped.
For most of the 2010-2011 NBA season, the skinny on the Miami Heat was that they couldn’t win a close game and would choke in the clutch. The playoffs have proven this wrong and during Game 1, it was Dallas who couldn’t close the deal.